Phil O’Donnell

A stonemason creates enduring art

T Phil sculpture2B2Photographed by Penny O’Sullivan Thousands of stone slices make up the beehive-like Orb.

New England is a region of rock, from the granite faces of its many hillsides and mountains to its rocky shores and boulder-strewn fields. The early settlers crafted walls, foundations, and buildings from this rock, but stonemason and landscaper Phil O’Donnell of Stratham, New Hampshire, sees rock differently. For him, its weathered and varied forms are inspiration for his art.

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Maya Travaglia

An artist’s love affair with color and light

Talent Marti InMotion2Marti in Motion is Travaglia’s first LED piece, designed to hang on a wall without natural light filtering through.
Photographed by Richard Goodbody

Clear panes of glass are part of our daily lives; they let in light and visions of the outside world. Maya Travaglia, however, adds color, shape, texture, and an artist’s vision to her glass creations, creating designs of beauty and meaning.

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Jamie LaFleur

An artist creates a visual feast

T LaFleur AspensJamie LaFleur’s Aspens, an oil painting on canvas mounted on board, shows his use of muted tones, highlighted by a punch of red.

Jamie LaFleur is continuously immersed in art. As an artist, he strives to convey on canvas surroundings that are meaningful to him. As owner of the Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he eagerly shares diverse and impressive collections with others.

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Robert Hanna

A restoration artist brings antiques back to life

RH WorkingPhotographed by Greg West Hanna demonstrates the technique of French polishing, which provides a high luster.

Every piece of furniture tells a story. Who made it and why? Was it fashioned as a gift or piece of art, or was it made to be sturdy and useful? Over the years, time embellishes the story as owners come and go. Paint, scars, and insect damage may alter a once lovely appearance. Underneath a damaged facade, however, the original wood remains, waiting for its patina to be rediscovered. Uncovering that beauty, while staying true to the furniture’s history, is the mission of restorer and conservator Robert Hanna of Brentwood, New Hampshire.

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Brent Loy

Creating coastal vegetable varieties

Talent GreenPumpkinPhotographed by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services Loy's experimental vegetable varieties under development.

Growing vegetables from seed is one of the most rewarding gardening experiences. Not only can you choose from many exciting varieties, but what could be healthier for body and spirit than eating what you know you planted yourself? For best results, it pays to grow vegetables that suit your climate. Enter plant breeder Brent Loy, who develops plants adapted to the needs of regional seed companies and gardeners.

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